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Missoula man sentenced for meth trafficking

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Montana

MISSOULA—A Missoula man was sentenced to today to 10 years in prison and five years of supervised release for conviction on methamphetamine trafficking charges after law enforcement found two safes containing the drug in a vehicle he was driving, U.S. Attorney Kurt Alme said.

David Edward Holcomb, 36, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute meth in November.

U.S. District Judge Donald W. Molloy presided.

The prosecution said in court records that law enforcement made a traffic stop of a vehicle Holcomb was driving on Feb. 16, 2019 in Missoula. Officers found two safes in the vehicle during a search and got a search warrant for the safes. The safes contained meth and drug paraphernalia. The investigation also determined that Holcomb confirmed to an individual there was meth in the safe and that he planned to distribute it.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tara Elliott prosecuted the case, which was investigated by the Missoula High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, a U.S. Department of Justice initiative to reduce violent crime. According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, violent crime in Montana increased by 36% from 2013 to 2018. Through PSN, federal, tribal, state and local law enforcement partners in Montana focus on violent crime driven by methamphetamine trafficking, armed robbers, firearms offenses and violent offenders with outstanding warrants.




Clair Johnson Howard
Public Information Officer

Updated February 21, 2020

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